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      Charlie Yo-Yo

      Roger, Thanks for sharing you experience in this aspect of the toy business. Manufacturing toys in China is something I know well. Quite often, when I am at FAO, the guests will ask me: "why is everything here made in China?" The answer isn't so simple. In short, it boils down to cost. It's kind of a sad story really, because in many ways, the U.S. gov't makes it hard to manufacture here. The cost of steel in China is irresistable - and even if you made that steel mold in China, and wanted to do the injection molding in the U.S., the tarrif on China steel is so high that you are then compelled to do the injection and assembly in China.
      And then, there is the Quality Control. Another major aspect . . . it takes six weeks to ship the product by sea, and if it arrives wrong, well then, you've got to correct it - and in the six weeks that new shipment might take, you might lose your orders!
      For me, I have found that knowing your vendors and production managers very well is the key to success, as you seem to do. Knowing how to speak a bit of Mandarin is good too - it makes for good relations.
      Thanks again for the inside look into this aspect toy production.
      - Charlie Yo-Yo

      Matthew Cornell

      I really appreciate this story, Roger. One thing I've always wanted is a system that allows one to scan a bar code and see the item's history from raw materials to finished product, including factories, transportation, and esp. the people involved. It would have to be a volunteer effort - maybe wikiproductia (poor name, I know)?

      chris g.

      I have invented a unique beach ball . I'm
      trying to find a manufacture in the US but it is to difficult because of the high cost. I'm really considering going to China but I'm afraid they might steal my idea. I talk to a mold company in the US and they said it will cost 25,000 to make a beach ball mold. I hope China will charge alot less. Right now I'm trying to spend every dollar wisely. Well if anyone has any tips or contacts please tell me .

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